Monday, November 24, 2014

A lil Getaway !

At the end of last week my parents, GG and Pops, came down and stayed with the kids for two nights while I accompanied Mike to the annual Virginia School Boards Association conference in Williamsburg.  On Thanksgiving Day in a few days is our 15th wedding anniversary!!  Mike has been a school superintendent for eight years and  this was the first year I have ever attended this with him.  It was a total blast with our awesome school board folks and a few of their wives. 

Basically the school board members went to the conferences and sessions while we, the wives hit the loal outlet mall.  I am not a huge shopper, but by golly I rocked it out while I was there.  I did probably 75% of my Christmas shopping in one day.  It is amazing what you can get down without dragging three children around with you!  I missed them like crazy but it was nice to shop solo, eat good seafood, and enjoy some quiet time with my husband of 15 years! 

The first night of the conference was a banquet in a large room with lots of people!  The room was set up audtorium style where the floor wasn't flat-there were step downs every few feet.  I turned around as we were walking to our table to tell one of the other ladies to be careful and next thing I knew I was flat on my face.  I had to laugh at myself and pray the fall was at least graceful!  Ha!

The next day shopping, I was buying the CUTEST princess boots for Hope and another friend and the sales lady asked me if these were for my grandbabies?  Excuse me?  I know I am not a spring chicken but I wasn't clear that the vibe coming off of me was grandmother.  You just have to laugh! 

It was such a fun getaway with some great folks.  We ate great seafood, shopped so much it was a logistical nightmare getting all of our goods home with everyone's suitcases and  purchases, and it was great to reconnect with my man.  It has been a wild and crazy fifteen years and I am thankful he has and will be beside me through it all.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Vt Hoops and Three Years

Today my emotions are all over the place.  The last few days have been brutal with a severe toothache for me and some emotional heartaches.

Friday night Virginia Tech had their basketball home opener and because of our wonderful experience with this team and Coach Buzz, we were there with bells on!  Here is David happily reuniting with his best friend, Seth Allen.  Seth is red-shirted this year since he transferred from Maryland. 

David was so excited to see him again!  We were blessed with some tickets from a wonderful local couple and a few from a family member in Radford.  We really had a wonderful night cheering on this team. 

David even ran into the Hokie Bird!! 
David got to sit with Dr. Bill which was a treat for him.  David loves Dr. Bill, our dentist!  Bill is one of the sweetest and kindest men ever and he takes care of all of our teeth) Dr. Bill fixed my toothache early this morning by 9 a.m.  Whoever would have thought a stuck popcorn kernel could have caused such agony for me this past weekend?! 

Even Hopie girl had fun at the baseketball game! 
Seth pointed out his parents to us before the game.  We went over and got to meet them after the game.  Seth came out of the locker room with a plate of chicken tenders which he shared with Hope and David.  Here are David and Seth doing their victory dance! We had such a fun night cheering on the Hokie hoops players that we got to meet through Buzz's Bunch.  Whatever their record is at the end of the season will only be icing on the cake-they are already true winners! 

Saturday GG and Pops stopped by to watch the VT football game with us!  Amazingly we won!!  After the game, my Mom helped me get fall leaf pictures of the kids.  We do theses every year and they are emotional for me because they remind me of our pre-cancer life three years ago.  The day before David was diagnosed with cancer, we took leaf pictures and Ashley and I both remember David telling Kyle to be easy with his belly.  We had no idea it was because there was a ten centimeter tumor hiding in there. 
So today is the day.  Three years ago our world stood still as this sweet doctor in our local ER drew me a picture of my son's kidney.  Three years later I am thankful that David survived treatment and that he is still here with us today-all 82 pounds of him now!  I will never doubt God's goodness and grace because his handiwork was so evident in those dark and scary days at UVA hospital.  He used you, our blog readers, friends, and family to encourage us and love on us when we were so scared.  Cancer taught us to never doubt Him and His faithfulness. 
Here is my blog post from three years ago today.  (click here) .
We as a family have come a long way in three years.  We praise God that He never left us and that His grace was truly sufficient.  Amen.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Church Rockstars and Challenger

At church we are so blessed with some amazing musicians.  Bryan is our worship leader and today in the afterschool program he had roughly 50 children worshipping and praising God by singing I Am by David Crowder.  Wednesday afternoons singing along to Mr. Bryan's keyboard with fifty elementary kids is one of the holiest times of my whole week.  He is a rockstar to all the kids and to me too!  If you love contemporary christian music please join us on Sunday morning at 10:00 in in the sanctuary.  Come as you are and be ready to be blessed by Mr. Bryan's gorgeous voice. 

Casey is also another  talented musician that plays in our praise band.  He and David are tight buds and David is now dressing like Casey with plaid shirts and jeans:)  Casey has an amazing band called Forsaken Hero and today they released this new video.  You. must. check. this. out!  We are all belting their latest song out around here tonight.  This video was filmed at church and this song gets stuck in your head.  Every Sunday morning I watch this young twenty-something guy offer his talent back to the Lord and is inspiring.  I am not sure how many hits their song had on youtube earlier today, but after David found it this evening I am sure that number has now doubled!  Check this video out and leave some positive comments for his young, local dude and his band for giving their all to God. 

Pretty awesome song huh?! 

Besides all of my children being diagnosed with strep throat in the last week, two of them tonight at our urgent care, I have been super busy writing a grant for our Little League fields to be handicapped accessible so we can offer Challenger League baseball this spring. 

Every child deserves a chance to come up to bat and make memories on the baseball field.  Click on the link below to learn more about the program we are trying to offer to special needs children in all of southwest Virginia! 


If you have a few dollars to spare, we would be so thankful for your support of Challenger baseball.  After seeing David sit at the front door and cry last year when Mike didn't take him to sign up for baseball, I committed myself to move heaven and Earth to make this program available for David and other awesome kiddos like him.  If you would be interested in volunteering in this program, leave me a comment with your email and I will get back to you.  I promise however you become involved in this program you will receive a blessing!